In an uncharacteristic move, Trump pushed aside his “never back down, never apologize” attitude on Thursday to publicly express regret for some of his controversial remarks for the first time since launching his campaign.
Reading from prepared comments on Thursday evening, Trump admitted that he sometimes says “the wrong thing.” The Republican nominee demonstrated that he is willing to break from his brash style that led him to victory in the primaries, but has proven to be a bane in the run-up to the general election.
“Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that. And believe it or not, I regret it,” Trump said. “And I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues,” he added.
“But one thing I can promise you is this: I will always tell you the truth,” Trump said.
The Republican nominee wasn’t specific about which remarks he regretted.
Trump’s comments come after the nominee made the decision earlier in the week to change his campaign’s leadership. Trump appointed a new campaign CEO and manager.
According to a senior advisor to his campaign, Trump’s remarks were written very recently, suggesting that the move was influenced by his new team of advisers.